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PROGRAMME OF A COMPETITION
FOR THE SELECTION OF AN ARCHITECT
PUBUC REFERENCE UBRARY BUILDING
IN THE CITY OF TORONTO.
PROORAMMB OF A COMPETITION FOR THE SELEC'
TION OP AN ARCHITECT FOR THE PUBLIC
REFERENCE LIBRARY BUILDINQ, IN
THE CITY OF TORONTO.
TERMS OF COMPETITION.
> ' the purpose of the selection of an Architect for
tS , .d building the Board has established a Competition
u XL rni3 set forth in this programme.
(0). The ' ize of this Competition will be the commission
of the design and the supervision of the erection of the pro-
posed building under the usual terms as set forth in this
(c). The Competition will be restricted to Architects who
are bona fide residents and who have been practising their
profession in Canada for at least six months, immediately pre-
ceding this day.
(d). A Board of six judges composed of: —
His Worship the Mayor.
A member of the City Council.
A member of the Public Library Board.
The Chief Librarian of the Public Library.
The City Architect.
The foregoing to elect the sixth judge who shall be
These shall report upon the plans submitted, placing the fi >t
four in order of merit.
(e). The sei of plans awarded second place by the Board
of judges shall receive a prize of $350.00. The set of plans
awarded third place shall receive a prize of $250.00. The best
fourth set of plans shall be awarded $150.00.
(f). All competing plans are to be delivered to the Secretary
of the Board of the Toronto Public Library on or before la
o'clock noon, on January 31st, 1906
(g). It being manifestly impossible to secure in competition,
a design carefully studied out and perfected in all details and
capable of execution at a definite point of cost, the Board here-
with states that it desires and expects to receive in this Com-
petition a carefully studied general scheme only, whose com
pleted character shall be intelligibly and sufficiently indicated in
the competitive drawings and whose execution would realize the
requirements of this programme.
1. The architect whose plans are awarded the first place
shall, if requested, revise the design submitted by him and
shall make such further or other drawings and sketches as may
be necessary to meet the requirements of the Board and then
make detailed plans and specifications. If upon tenders being
received it is found that the cost of the building will exceed the
prescribed limit to such an extent that the changes necessary
to bring it within this limit render it no longer acceptable to
the Board the plan shall be rejected and its author entitled to
no compensation therefor.
2. After the plan has been finally accepted, the architect
shall prepare the full working drawings and specifications, and
shall supervise the work during the construction of the building.
He shall have control of all matters of arrangement and design
and of all alterations and changes therein, subject to the
approval of the Board before the wurk is begun.
3. The supervision of the construction of the building
should be closer than can be given in person by a practising
architect and it is therefore stipulated that the Board shall
have the right to place in charge a competent building super-
intendent or clerk of works who shall give to this work his
constant supervision until the structure is fully completed.
4. For all these and such other services as shall be
incident and necessary thereto the architect shall receive the
customary commission of five per centum on the total cost of
the building, such commission in any case not to exceed five
per centum on the cost as estimated by the architect in the
5. All drawtngfs, specifications, etc., as instruments of
service are to remain the property of the architect, but one copy
on tracing; linen of all drawings made to a scale of eight f^ct to
an inch shall be furnished to th.? Board by the architect when
the plans are completed, with a copy of each detail, drawn if
desirable on paper and to a large scale, also a copy of each
specification, and these are to remain permanently in the archives
of the ir tion, and if and when changes shall be made in
plans, drav. ..igs, or specifications, the copies to be deposited
with the Board shall be from time to time as such changes
are made, altered by the architect so as to conform with
the originals thereof.
DRAWINGS AND DOCUMENTS.
Drawings submitted shall be made to the scale of eight feet
to the inch. To be mounted on a sheet of thick white paper,
twenty-six by thirty-twc 'nches. and to comprise the following
and no others : —
(a). Floor plans of each sto / and of the roof and basement
on the scale of eight feet to an inch drawn in black and white,
with the names and dimensions of the rooms lettered in each,
the length and breadth, as well as the superficial area i.^. square
feet wherever snace permits. The lettering and figuring is to
be plain and simple like ordinary type. The walls and parti-
tions are to be black. There is to be no indication of the
decorative treatment of floors or ceilings.
(b). An elevation of the south fn^nt and also one of the
east front of the building.
(c). Three sections, showing the principal rooms and
staircase. The elevations and sections are to be made to a
uniform scale of eight feet to one inch. The elevations are to
be drawn in line with India ink, not in pencil, and to b',- rendered
with the brush, not with the pen, the •-' .aows being carefully
cut and shown at an angle of forty-Avc degreci from th« l«ft.
The sections are to be drawn in line, sections of wallsi etc.,
blackened — but have no cast shadows.
(d). No color is to be used in any of the drawings.
(e). The above drawings and none other shall be furnished
by the competing architects, and any competitor violating this
requirement may be debarred from the competition.
(f). The competitors will submit, with the drawings, a
type-written letter not signed, giving a brief description of the
building and calling attentic.i to any points of interest in the
design or construction, or in regard to the methods of heating
or vent'.lating it, not obvio)'.s in the drawings. This paper will
also state the materials it is proposed to use, the amount of
money to be employed in decoration and painting, the number
of cubic feet in the building, as shown, and its supposed cost
per cubic foot, and the total cost, which must not exceed
(g). The drawings are not to be fram^td, glazed or mounted
on cardboard, but are to be sent flat ;° )ortfolio. The draw-
ings must have no device or motto nor any handwriting or other
means of identification. With each set of drawings is to be
enclosed a securely sealed envelope containing the name and
address of tht architect submitting them, and any architect
who discloses his identity in any other way is to be excluded
from the competition. The drawings and envelopes will be
numbered as they are received and will be known by their
numbers. The envelopes containing the names will not be
opened until a fmal decision has been reached.
(a). The site of the building is a plot of ground on the
north-west corner of College and St. George Streets, measuring
two hundred and thirty-four feet on the former and three hun-
dred and sixty-four feet op '^'".e latter.
(b). The principal ..^nt will be towards College Street.
The outer lines of the walls or any purch, portico or similar
projection irutt not approach nearer than twenty-five feet from
either street and at least /< ty feet from the adjacent property
to the west and north.
(c). Th* principal use to which the building will be put is
the storing: of the valuable collection of books in the present
Reference Library, and of furnishing ample accommodation for
all classes of readers, or students. It is also intended to be
used as a branch circulating library with about ten thousand
volumes, and containing ample accommodation for reading room,
childrfin's room and periodical room. The administrative
offices of the Public Li'^rary service will 'te quartered i the
(d). The building is to be thoroughly fire-pr ^of. K is to
be constructed of brick, terra-cotta or stone, w>^ ail iron and
steel properly protected against fire, ^^nd it is ' sl.ed that it
shall be constructed in a simple and i' /• ified style appropriate
to the usefulness and worth of the site.
(e). A consideration of importance in the design is the
possibility of future enlargement, which is to be secured, if
possible, without detriment to the unity of the structure now to
be erected, that it, the building now to be erected with the
funds at disposal, is to be architecturally complete but at the
same time form only a part of a larger structure, also possessing
architectural unity and completeness.
(f). The .sum available for this building com lete, including
the heating plant, but without furniture, is $260,000. This
must also include all itect's and engineer's fees of whatso-
(g). The building is to have a high basement not less than
sixteen feet from the floor to the ceiling and must be absolutely
dry. Proper trenches enclosed in masonry must be provided
under the floor for all heating and other pipes, the trenches to
be of a sufficient size to enable any portion of the piping to be
reached without inconvenience and without cuttii ^ or injuring
The basement to have an entrance for the general public in
the front portion of the building and entrances for the attendants
' in rear or side, the rooms to be provided in this portion of the
building being as follows, the whole to have a superficial area
of about 17,150 square feet: —
1 . A room having a superficial area of about 7,800 square
feet, which is intended to be sub-divided with railings so as to
provide space tor a Circulating Library, Children's Room,
Teacher's Room and Room for Periodicals.
2. Secretary's Room.
3. Attendant's Room.
4. Unpacking and Packing Room.
5. Duplicate Room.
7. Stationery and Tool Room.
8. Space for Staircases and Halls.
It is very desirable that the entrance to the main floor be
located near the corner of College and St. George Streets.
The Main floor to have a similar superficial area to the
basement and to be sub-divided so as to provide the following
rooms : —
1. Main Reference Library Reading Room, about 6,200
feet area, having a width of about 50 feet.
2. Patent Room (separated from Reading Room by rail and
columns, area about 1,800 feet).
Area about 1,800 feet.
Area about 900 feet.
Area about 2,250 feet.
Area about 440 feet.
Librarian's Oflice, etc.
Area about 440 feet.
5. Study Rooms,
Area about 84 feet each
g. Cataloguing Room, Area about 600 feet.
10. The balance of the space to be allotted to entrance,
corridor, staircases, halls, sanitary accommodation, etc.
In addition to the space already referred to provision will
also require to be made for an isolated stack room about 35
feet in width and 90 feet in length, containing 5 stories of 7
feet 6 inches in height each, two of which are to be below the
level of the Reference Library Reading Room floor, and the
entire stacks and framing for floors, stairs, etc., are to be of an
approved design manufactured by some Company recognized as
specialists in this particular description of work.
The Reference Library Reading Room is intended to be in
a single story, the balance of the rooms specified for, on the
main floor, to have ceilings not less than 15 feet in height, with
space above forming two large rooms intended for exhibition of
historical pictures and maps, etc., and a small room for photo-
graphing purposes. The boiler house and coal vaults, etc.,
are intended to be located outside the area of the building
The counter for delivery in the Reference Reading Room
should be immediately in front of the entrance to the Stack
Room, and as close as possible to the Card Catalogue and
Cataloguing Room, and a Book Elevator will require to be
provided for in the Stack Room.
1. The building is for a library and is to be planned for
library work. It is to be essentially a work place and not a
2. No convenience of arrangement is to be sacrificed for
mere architectural eff'ect.
3. Let windows extend to or nearly to the ceiling and light
• every part of the room, the upper as well as the lower.
4. Specify the kind of floors intended for the different
rooms and parts of the building. Free use might be made of
cork carpet over cement or tiling.
5. Unnecessary noise is to be provided against throughout.
6. Delivery and Information desks to have oversight ot
the entrance and as large a portion of open space as possible.
' 7. Do not spoil good shelf* space along walls by service
pipes or wires.
8. The erection of permanent interior walls and the location
of columns to be reduced to the minimum required for proper
and substantial construction.
9. Provide abundant artificial light as well as the greatest
possible amount of natural light.
10. Provide Telephone connection throughout with private
1 1 . Provide alarm bells for emergencies, and simple routine